DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. - Mercy College professors Eric Martone and Michael Perrota explore Mercy College’s past and present in the new book, “Mercy College: Yesterday and Today”, published by The History Press.
Martone, an assistant professor in the School of Education and Perrota, an assistant professor in the School of Liberal Arts, take readers from the founding of Mercy College in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy through the present. “Mercy College’s history is rich and engaging,” Martone said. “Its steadfast commitment to live up to its motto ‘to be consumed in service’ and to provide opportunities for motivated students is truly unparalleled in higher education.” The book looks at the local college’s transformation to become coeducational and nonsectarian, while remaining true to the mission to provide motivated students with a quality education and explores the expansion of campuses throughout the New York metropolitan area, changes in leadership, student life and athletics. Featuring beautiful photography throughout, “Mercy College: Yesterday and Today”, the book also details the school's place in the surrounding community.
“During the course of working on this book, I became especially fascinated by how the College's history intertwined not only with that of the local community, but also with major events and figures in broader American and global history," Marton said.
Perrota said the book is important for students to understand how Mercy College was created and its evolution over more than six decades.
“It is important for all students on campus to understand how Mercy College was created and the path our founders traveled to get us where we are today,” Perrota said. “Those students are a part of that history now. As soon as they step foot on campus, they become a page of history in this book. We hope this book elicits fond memories for alumni while enlightening current students."
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